"4000 Miles", Amy Herzog, Grant Harrison, Joy Zinoman, Russell Metheny, Tanya Hicken, The Studio Theatre
Thanx to a good friend, I just saw 4000 Miles last night. Otherwise, I might have missed it entirely.
That would have been a shame.
Set in a Greenwich Village apartment in 2007, the play centers around two characters, widely separated by age. Vera (Tana Hicken) is in her 80s, lives alone, and is struggling with the various losses that come with the final years of one’s life.
Leo (Grant Harrison) is 21, has just completed a cross-country bike trip, and is also struggling with a number of issues, many of which become more clear as the play progresses. Vera is Leo’s grandmother (step grandmother?).
As the play opens, Leo appears in the middle of the night with his bicycle and packs and needs a place to stay. What follows is largely what happens between these two characters as their stories unfold in some wonderful dialogue and exchanges. Vera is lonely and seems a bit lost. And so too is Leo, tho in different ways.